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Woods Shop Documentation

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Eye protection is required for all equipment. If working with materials that create flying debris, a face shield should be worn in conjunction with the standard eye glasses
  • Long sleeves should be rolled up above the forearm
  • Long hair should be pulled back
  • No loose hanging jewelry
  • No gloves when working with powered tools (one expectation is the nail gun) 

Machine Shop Safetly Links

Equipment SpecificHarvard EHS Reference OSHA Reference
 Band Saw http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7366https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_bandsaws.html
 Table Saw http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7385https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_tablesaws.html
 Cut Off/ Chop Saw http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7369https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/machineguarding/saws/chop_saws.html
 Portable Table Saw http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7385https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_tablesaws.html
 Drill Press  http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7370https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_drillpress.html
 Planer  http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7376https://www.osha.gov/Publications/woodworking_hazards/osha3157.html
 Compressor  N/A Employers should not allow employees to use compressed air for cleaning
themselves or their clothing in general industry situations. The eyes and 
other body parts, such as the respiratory system, may be damaged as
the result of inadequate personal protective equipment, lack of chip guards,
and/or uncontrolled release of compressed air.

 Dust Collector  N/Ahttps://www.osha.gov/Publications/woodworking_hazards/osha3157.html
 Belt Sander http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7381https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_sanders.html
Hand Held Tools Harvard EHS Reference OSHA Reference
 Circular Saw http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7377https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_handheldcircularsaws.html
 Drill http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7377https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_handhelddrills.html
 Jig Saw http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7377https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_jigsaw.html
 Porta Planer http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7377https://www.osha.gov/Publications/woodworking_hazards/osha3157.html 
Belt Sander http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7377https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_handheldsander.html
 Wood Crew Only Tools  Harvard EHS Reference OSHA Reference
  Joiner http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7373https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_handheldsander.html
 Staple/Nail Gun  N/Ahttps://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_handheldstaplegun.html 
https://www.osha.gov/doc/topics/nailgun/index.html 
 Router Table http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7383 https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/woodworking/production_handheldrouters.html
 Additional Information  Harvard EHS Reference External Reference
  SOP Links http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7780 http://www.lovegreen.com/risk/placard.html
 Harvard Machine Shop Safe Work Practices http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/7364 Main page: http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/programs/machine-shop-safety
 Power Tool Institute – Safety Information  http://www.ehs.harvard.edu/node/5654 http://www.powertoolinstitute.com/pti_pages/safety.asp
 OSHA – Wood Working Hazards OSHA Wood Working Hazards  - Publication 31571999https://www.osha.gov/Publications/woodworking_hazards/osha3157.html